This blog is maintained by Katharina Rebay-Salisbury. She is the author of all blog entries that do not specifically name a different author. Most guest entries are from members of hear Research Group Prehistoric Identities, based at the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.

Katharina Rebay-Salisbury

Katharina works at the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna since 2015. She previously spent almost a decade in the UK, working as a research associate at the Universities of Cambridge and Leicester. Her research centres on studying the human body, identities and social relations through burial practices and representations in the Late Bronze and Iron Ages of Central Europe. She has two lovely sons, now both in primary school, who taught her valuable lessons about motherhood and regularly drive her crazy.

Doris Pany-Kucera

Doris Pany-Kucera is a post-doctoral researcher in physical anthropology. She undertakes the palaeo-pathological re-assessment of skeletal material, working specifically on identifying physical traces of pregnancy and parturition. She is employed by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, but often works at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, where many of the skeletal collections are housed.

Michaela Spannagl-Steiner

Michaela Spannagl-Steiner is a skilled physical anthropologist, who assists Doris Pany-Kucera in the assessment of skeletal material.

Roderick Salisbury

Roderick Salisbury manages the projects’ digital data and is responsible for GIS-analysis as well as soil science.

PhD students

The ERC project enabled the funding of three PhD projects that relate to motherhood in prehistory in different ways. I love the interdisciplinarity that results in dissertations in very different subjects:

  • Marlon Bas: Macro and micro-wear in the developing juvenile dentition: the study of diet and masticatory mechanics in past populations (supervised by Fabian Kanz & Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, Medical Imaging)
  • Michaela Fitzl: Mobility, Migration and Connectivity at the Late Bronze Age cemetery of Inzersdorf ob der Traisen: an approach from multiple perspectives (supervised by Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology)
  • Lukas Waltenberger: Are parturition scars truly signs of birth? – A geometric morphometric approach to analyse pelvic birth marks (supervised by Philipp Mitteröcker & Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, Evolutionary Biology)



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